At the Kornerstone Cafe in East Aurora, you might get a coffee from Marcelle Nowicki. While you are there, you might notice something.
“I never felt like I needed one, per se. There were certainly things that I struggled with more than the average person,” said Nowicki.
She was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome and has lived life without a left hand. Most of the time she's gone without using a prosthetic, but that changed.
She now has two prosthetics for her left hand. Making life at the cafe a little easier.
“I don't find myself using it even every day. I use it more for task specific things,” added Nowicki.
Normally prosthetics cost thousands of dollars. That's not the case for Nowicki, she got hers for free.
This past fall, she saw a video on Facebook about a company called E-Nable. It uses 3-d printers from around the country to print prosthetic hands and they do it for free. Meaning people like Nowicki can do things she's always wanted to do.
“I want to start looking into weight lifting and kayaking and some other things that I haven't been physically been able to do.”
It's an opportunity Nowicki is incredibly grateful for, and she hopes anyone in need of a prosthetic hand takes advantage of.